|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Beattyville||Kentucky 41311|
|Owsley County Sheriff's Office||Booneville||Kentucky 41314||10 miles|
|Wolfe County Sheriff's Office||Campton||Kentucky 41301||13 miles|
|Estill County Sheriff's Office||Irvine||Kentucky 40336||15 miles|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Kentucky 40380||19 miles|
|Breathitt County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Kentucky 41339||19 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||McKee||Kentucky 40447||19 miles|
|Menifee County Sheriff's Office||Frenchburg||Kentucky 40322||24 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Manchester||Kentucky 40962||31 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Kentucky 40475||33 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||West Liberty||Kentucky 41472||33 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Mount Sterling||Kentucky 40353||33 miles|
|Leslie County Sheriff's Office||Hyden||Kentucky 41749||36 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff||Winchester||Kentucky 40391||37 miles|
|Magoffin County Sheriff's Office||Salyersville||Kentucky 41465||37 miles|
|Bath County Sheriff's Office||Owingsville||Kentucky 40360||37 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||Hazard||Kentucky 41701||38 miles|
|Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Kentucky 40456||38 miles|
|Laurel County Sheriff's Office||London||Kentucky 40741||39 miles|
|Rowan County Sheriff's Office||Morehead||Kentucky 40351||43 miles|
A sheriff is an elected law enforcement official who serves a specific county. Many of the responsibilities of the sheriff overlap with those of local police departments. The biggest difference is that a sheriff has jurisdiction over the entire county, while police departments can only enforce laws within city limits.
While sheriffs share law enforcement duties with city police officers, their degree of responsibility varies by jurisdiction. Municipalities with limited resources often contract law enforcement services to the sheriff, especially for complex crimes where they may not be equipped to conduct a detailed investigation.
Sheriffs tend to be more involved in cases where a suspect operates across city lines. Since they have the authority to investigate crimes and make arrests in any city in their jurisdiction, they often act as a bridge between various municipal law enforcement agencies in that jurisdiction.